Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown, Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller
are the three finalists for the 12th Annual NHL Foundation Player Award, the National Hockey League announced today. The award recognizes an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.
The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 23 during the 2010 NHL Awards that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada.
NHL Clubs submitted nominations for the NHL Foundation Player Award and the finalists were selected by a judging panel. The NHL Foundation will present $25,000 to the chosen charitable organization of this year’s recipient.
Past recipients of the NHL Foundation Player Award include Rick Nash (2009), Vincent Lecavalier and Trevor Linden (2008), Joe Sakic (2007), Marty Turco (2006), Jarome Iginla (2004), Darren McCarty (2003), Ron Francis (2002), Olaf Kolzig (2001), Adam Graves (2000), Rob Ray (1999) and Kelly Chase (1998).
The following are the finalists for this year’s NHL Foundation Player Award, in alphabetical order: DUSTIN BROWN, Los Angeles Kings
Brown is a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award for the second consecutive season, in recognition for his continued involvement in Kings charitable activities and his leadership in soliciting the involvement of his fellow players. He rallied his teammates around multiple causes this season, resulting in matching donations of $40,000 to both the Kings Community Corner ticket program and the American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. For his efforts, Brown was selected as the Kings Most Popular Player, was a recipient for the Kings Community Service Award for the second consecutive year and was the Kings’ nominee for the 2009-10 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.
This season, Brown continued his partnership with KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization with the mission of providing a place to play within walking distance for every child in America, in an attempt to combat childhood obesity. For the second straight year, Brown committed $50 for each of his hits in the regular season and post-season. With matching contributions offered by the Farmer John organization, the money raised will help the organization build new playgrounds in Southern California.
Brown is a spokesperson for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund and encourages fans to support the Kings 4 Kids Night that raises nearly $25,000 annually for the organization. He is a supporter of the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Child Abuse Prevention Center and participates in all Kings community initiatives -- including his personal favorite, the Adopt-a-Family program, through which players provide holiday gifts for underprivileged families. In August 2009, Brown also became the face of the Kings’ $500,000 initiative with the Blood Donor Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, lending his name and likeness to the look and creative design of the LA Kings Bloodmobile. In 2009, he was named the Los Angeles Kings’ “Hometown Hero” at the Southern California Sports Choice Awards and recognized as a 2009 Outstanding Young Californian by the California Jaycees Foundation and the California Junior Chamber for his “commitment to challenge and inspire California’s youth.” MIKE GREEN, Washington Capitals
Green has been a participant in Miracle on Seventh Street, hosted by the Rock Bottom Foundation, since 2006. He wasn’t content simply donating his time on Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, so in 2007 he decided to also work with the Children’s Law Center’s Adopt a Family Christmas Drive to adopt a Washington, D.C. family and to provide them with gifts during the holidays. In 2008 and 2009, Green partnered with Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities Family EMPOWERment Center, allowing him to deliver gifts to his adopted family in-person and to spend part of the day with them. His actions led to the Capitals organization adopting 25 families in 2009 through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.
Green is also the co-founder of So Kids Can, a fundraising initiative that benefits a different youth-focused non-profit organization each year. He donates $100 for every goal he scores and $50 for each assist and the figures are doubled during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In last year’s inaugural season, So Kids Can raised nearly $30,000 for Pediatric Prosthetics, Inc., an organization that helps families throughout the U.S. that have children who have lost a limb or have a congenital limb deficiency. The Washington, D.C. community has embraced the charity as well. During the summer of 2009, Papa John’s promotional campaign raised $45,000 even before the season started for this year’s selected organization, Children’s National Medical Center. Green serves as a sports ambassador for The Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health to help raise funds and awareness for the organization, which serves as a home for families with children who are seriously ill. Through his Green’s Gang initiative, he donates seven tickets to every Capitals home game to soldiers and their families or to children who would otherwise be unable to attend. RYAN MILLER, Buffalo Sabres
Miller is the founder of the Steadfast Foundation, which he established to benefit those afflicted and affected by the consequences of cancer, especially childhood forms of the disease. The organization, which has raised more than $500,000 since it was created in 2006, was inspired by Miller’s cousin, Matt Shoals, who battled leukemia and eventually succumbed to the disease in 2007. The primary benefactor of the Steadfast Foundation is Carly’s Club, a support group for children and families who are fighting cancer. Miller-organized support programs for Carly’s Club include the Saves for Cancer program in 2008, which raised $30,000 based on Miller’s on-ice play; an agreement with Perry’s Ice Cream that has provided $20,000 to date based on sales of a new Miller-inspired flavor, Breakaway Berrier; and a partnership with Buffalo Place to present the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, at which members of the community can purchase Saves for Cancer holiday ornaments.
Miller also hosts an annual Catwalk for Charity, during which he and his teammates model clothing from Miller’s The Refinery store in East Lansing, Mich. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $400,000. In addition, he donates suite tickets for all Sabres home games and HSBC Arena special events to Carly’s Club and is an active supporter of the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, the Buffalo Sabres Adopt-a-Family program and the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.
As one of the Sabres’ most popular players, Miller is often called upon to assist with the Buffalo Sabres Foundation in its numerous community events and activities. He regularly spends time after games with fans that are sick, disabled or in need. Miller also participates in experiences that generate significant funds for the Buffalo Sabres Foundation despite the constant demands on his time.